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All under one roof.
Blood drive at NL
Rec. Center Jan. 12
NORTH LIBERTY– The Univer-
sity of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood
Center will hold a blood drive
at the North Liberty Recreation
Center on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015,
from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Ger-
din Conference Rooms 1 and 3
(lower level).
All successful donors will
receive a Black & Gold winter hat.
If you are interested in sched-
uling an appointment to donate
blood at this blood drive, please
call 319-356-2058 with an ap-
pointment time that works for
you. You can also sign-up on-
line at: www.uihealthcare.org/
bloodcenter.
All products collected are
used locally to help patients
at University of Iowa Hospitals
Lord Farquaad, played by Raiden Takeuchi, threatens to eat Gingy’s other leg unless he gets the information he wants from the cookie man
in the Solon High School production of “Shrek: The Musical,” Nov. 14-15 in the middle school auditorium. (Photo by Lori Lindner)
do you know the muffin man?
and Clinics (UIHC) and at UI
Children’s Hospital, who have
been diagnosed with cancer or
sickle cell disease, have had a
trauma or major surgery such
as a transplant. Approximately
24,000 blood products are trans-
fused each year.
If you have any questions,
please contact the UI DeGowin
Blood Center at 319-356-2058.
Robotics can and
bottle drive Jan. 3
SOLON– Solon Robotics will
host a can and bottle drive on
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in So-
lon from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Student team members will be
going door to door asking for
cans and bottles to help raise
funds for competitions around
the state. Anyone needing pick
up on Friday evening or who
live outside the Solon city lim-
its, please contact Jami Wolf
at 319-481-7088. Drop off cans
and bottles at the Solon Middle
School behind the auditorium,
at the robotics room.
This season the robotics club
has nine teams comprised of
36 middle and high school stu-
dents. The program has grown
from the three students in 2009
and continues to grow each sea-
son. Teams are given a new chal-
lenge (or game) each year, and
then they design, build, program
and compete around the state to
qualify for the state and
This season, seven Solon VEX
Robotics teams will be compet-
ing in the Iowa State VEX Cham-
pionship on Feb. 28 in Council
Bluffs.
More information about So-
lon’s robotics program is avail-
able from coach Bill Mattaliano
at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.
Mobile mammography
van in Solon Jan. 20
SOLON– The Mercy Women’s
Center mobile mammography
van will be in Solon on Tuesday,
Jan. 20. The van will be located
at the Mercy Family Medicine
of Solon Clinic. The clinic was
formerly known as Solon Family
Practice, and is located at 510
West Main St. The mobile mam-
mography unit has been provid-
ing convenient access to breast
screening services for Eastern
Iowa women for over 28 years.
Anyone wishing to partic-
ipate needs to contact their
local healthcare provider for a
required referral. Please call 319-
861-7778 to schedule a time or
FILL THE
SHELVES
The North Liberty Community
Food & Clothing Pantry has the
following immediate needs:
MAC & CHEESE, PEANUT
BUTTER, CANNED
CARROTS, CANNED BEANS
AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT.
North Liberty Community Pantry
89 North Jones Blvd.
North Liberty, IA 52317
319-626-2711
www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org
The Solon Food Pantry has
the following immediate
needs:
REFRIED BEANS, JAM/JELLY
AND PEANUT BUTTER.
Solon Food Pantry
Pantry hours: Monday 2-6 p.m
Donations: Mondays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Phone: 319-430-8655
In the Solon United Methodist Church
to ask questions. The unit will
be in Solon between 1 and 3:30
p.m. on Jan. 20.
The GFWC/Iowa Solon Wom-
en’s Club is helping with pub-
licity and poster distribution.
This is one of many community
service projects being done by
the club.
Solon KCs breakfast
Sunday, Jan. 4
SOLON– The Solon Knights
of Columbus (KCs) will host
an all-you-can-eat breakfast on
Sunday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. until
noon at St. Mary Catholic Church
Parish Hall. The cost is $6 for
ages 12 and older, $3 for ages
six through 11 and free for ages
five and younger. Eggs, biscuits
and gravy, sausage and pancakes
will be served.
2 • JANUARY, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
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REPRI NTED FROM THE DECEMBER 11 EDI TI ON OF THE NORTH LI BERTY LEADER
By Jen Moore
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY- For Gregg Mirabito,
family and food go hand-in-hand.
During the holidays, the Mirabito
clan often gathers together for what he
called “an Italian Christmas,” where the
kitchen is filled traditional Italian favor-
ites, like spaghetti and savory meatballs
or daughter Lindsey’s, favorite; shrimp
scampi with linguine.
“I tried to change it one year to
something like prime rib,” Greg re-
called. “It was not well-received.”
Now, Gregg has brought that home
cooked goodness to North Liberty with
his new restaurant, “Mirabito’s,” located
at 40 Sugar Creek Lane.
And he brought the whole family
with him. Gregg’s wife Terri works the
front of the establishment, while his
four children– Lindsey, Anthony, Nick,
and Olivia– help out with everything
from cooking to greeting guests. Lind-
sey also assists with marketing for the
restaurant.
“It gives the family a lot of time
together,” Terri said. “We’re all work-
ing together, so that’s been fun to me
to have the kids and Gregg always
around.”
“For Mirabito’s we wanted to make
a restaurant that me and my family
would enjoy being at; the kind of place
we would want to go out to eat,” Gregg
said.
So, he modeled the restaurant’s
atmosphere after the experiences he
enjoyed in his family’s kitchen as a
child, and the place he considered the
“hub of the household.” Food was how
the family expressed love and cooking
was a way to spend time together.
Gregg grew up the son of an Italian
immigrant father and Irish immigrant
Gregg and Terri Mirabito opened a new Italian resturant at 40 Sugar Creek Lane (in the
former Subway location) in November. (photo by Jen Moore)
New restaurant to reintroduce
North Liberty residents to
Italian favorites
Taste of Italy right here at home
mother. Though she was Irish, Gregg’s
mother taught him how to cook great
Italian food.
“She was the one who would do all
of the cooking during the week,” Gregg
said. “She was the one with all of the
great recipes.”
He would often watch his mother in
kitchen, while also watching TV cook-
ing greats Julia Child and “Galloping
Gourmet” star Graham Kerr. He devel-
oped what he calls a “zen-like” feeling
of enjoyment from cooking that never
seemed to go away.
Attending culinary school was
supposed to be the next step for the
aspiring chef, but things didn’t go quite
as planned. Instead, he began studying
English at the University of Kansas in
Lawrence, Kan . But it wasn’t long before
a hunger to return to the kitchen got
the better of him.
Gregg began working part time as a
chef for a local family-owned restau-
rant, Tin Pan Alley. While there, he was
able to hone his craft even further.
“During my time there, I kind real-
ized they were what I wanted to model
my restaurant after,” Gregg said.
After the couple completed college,
he and Terri opened up their first Ital-
ian restaurant in downtown Lawrence
that specialized in lunchtime fare for
busy students and faculty. But Gregg
admits that at 25 years old, he and Ter-
ri weren’t quite ready for the pressures
of owning a business.
Gregg began working for the Mar-
riot, where he gained more practical
knowledge both in business and food
preparation, eventually becoming an
executive chef with the hotel company.
It was his work there that brought him
to Eastern Iowa in 2006, where he was
part of the team who helped open the
Coralville Marriot.
Yet the dream of owning his own
restaurant never went away for Gregg,
and this past year, with the support of
Terri, the vision of Mirabito’s began to
come to life.
“I knew it was something my hus-
band had always wanted to do, so we
all wanted to help him,” Terri said.
This time, he wanted to open a
restaurant based on the comforting
nature of good food. Gregg is adamant
that quality food doesn’t have to be
pretentious, but should be soothing,
and the environment in which it is
served should be just as inviting.
Mirabito’s is certainly all of these
things. The restaurant is small and in-
timate with exposed brick covering one
wall, and large, bright windows along
the other two. There is almost no space
separating the kitchen from the dining
area, which enhances the restaurant’s
cozy, intimate atmosphere.
And though Gregg can often be
found in the kitchen, one of his favorite
parts about the restaurant industry is
meeting and talking with guests.
“I really enjoy schmoozing with
the customers,” he said. “Just going
out there and welcoming them to our
restaurant. I want everyone to have a
fun time and enjoy themselves.”
Most of the restaurant’s dishes are
based off his mother’s recipes, though
Gregg adds his own touches as well.
“I’ve tweaked things here and there,
but so far the reception has been very
positive,” Gregg said. “There isn’t really
anything in North Liberty like it.”
Mirabito’s is open Monday through
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday
and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mirabi-
to’s is closed on Sundays.
IOWA CITY– Weather permitting,
construction will start on the Johnson
Iowa Road Bridge Replacement project
on Monday, Jan. 5. Johnson Iowa Road
will be closed to traffic at the bridge
over Clear Creek during construction.
Construction should be completed by
the end of April 2015.
The project involves replacing the
existing bridge with a timber bridge
on Johnson Iowa Road over Clear
Creek approximately two miles west of
Oxford. Iowa Bridge & Culvert, L.C. of
Washington will be the prime con-
tractor. The awarded contract price is
$316,691.00.
Please go to the Road Construction
Updates link on the secondary road de-
partment webpage for updates on this
and future projects. Follow secondary
roads on Twitter @JCSecondaryRoad.
Construction to begin on the Johnson Iowa Road
bridge over Clear Creek Jan. 5, weather permitting
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NORTH LIBERTY–
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that SHARE is in their
community and is for
everyone. With over 90
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the state, SHARE is a
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Check out our Best
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1 pound all-natural
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1.4 pound split chicken
breast, 12 ounce Harvest-
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18.4 ounce garlic & herb
pork tenderloin, 22 oz
Red Robin Seasoned
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seasonal produce assort-
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SHARE orders due Jan. 9; great
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the meat and potato lov-
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Orders due Jan. 9 or
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TIFFIN– Clear Creek
Amana is pleased to an-
nounce that Six Appeal is
returning to perform at
the Performing Arts Cen-
ter (PAC) on Thursday, Jan.
29, at 7 p.m. Six Appeal is
a high-energy a cappella
group from the Twin Cities
area.
Six Appeal uses a cap-
pella singing to span de-
cades of classic oldies,
current chart toppers and
catchy original tunes. Fea-
turing vocal dexterity and
adventurous song selec-
tion, the 2012 National
Harmony Sweepstakes
Champions explore all
genres with a far-reaching
repertoire that will sur-
prise and captivate any
audience regardless of the
setting. This “Vocal Band”
is one of the busiest tour-
ing a cappella ensembles
in the country. From coast
to coast, the group has be-
come known for their vivid
musical style, unmatched
energy and playful charm.
Opening for Six Appeal
will be Take Note, a young
women’s a cappella group
from the University of
Iowa. They are a popular
vocal group on campus
and around the commu-
nity.
The event i s bei ng
sponsored by Clear Creek
Amana FAME (Fine Arts
and Music Enhancers). Ad-
vance tickets for the con-
cert can be purchased at
select Clear Creek Amana
High School home athletic
events and also via email
at ccafame@gmail.com.
The concert will begin
at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Tick-
ets for the concert are $10
in advance or $15 at the
door for adults and $5/$8
at the door for students.
All tickets are general ad-
mission.
Six Appeal vocal band returning to
Clear Creek Amana Jan. 29
By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and
credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance,
taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial
decision-making is never simple. Yet money management
is more often learned through the school of hard knocks
than through any educational institution or formal cur-
riculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now
helping guide the way for some Johnson County resi-
dents.
United Way of Johnson and Washington counties, in
partnership with MidWestOne Bank, launched the Money
Smart Johnson County Initiative to provide financial lit-
eracy classes to low-to-moderate income individuals and
families. Modeled on the FDIC’s Money Smart curriculum,
the local program began in October in two locations in
Iowa City and North Liberty. The North Liberty class, held
at the North Liberty Community Library, boasted a 100
percent graduation rate.
On Nov. 20, the 20 North Liberty graduates, armed
with new knowledge and practical advice, proudly accept-
ed certificates of completion and vowed to take charge
of their money situations from here forward, and United
Way staff members were on hand to help them celebrate.
“Having all of the North Liberty participants go
through all five sessions is remarkable because it requires
a commitment to learning and attending sessions for
five weeks during times where there can be competing
family priorities and unforeseen life issues that need
to be addressed,” said Patti Fields, United Way’s Vice
President for Community Impact and Engagement. “This
really indicates the level of commitment and the need for
services and assistance in North Liberty.”
Taught by MidWestOne professionals, the five-week
program offers basic information about banking, money
management and financial goal setting. Eligibility is in-
come-based; participants must be at or below 200 percent
of the federal poverty guideline, but every person who
completes all five weeks of classes receives $500 to open
a checking or savings account at the financial institution
of his or her choice.
“There was obviously a commitment to the program
and also enough of an incentive that it was important,”
said Fields. Having a bank account is key for financial
stability, she added, and the organizations’ goal was to
determine what incentive would be effective to make the
effort worthwhile to participants. “We thought it would
be successful if we have 50 percent (participation). And
look what we had.”
While the incentive was appreciated, participants
on graduation day were equally thrilled with the other
Small change making a big difference
benefits they gained– a better understanding of banking
concepts, a stronger handle on spending decisions, and
the feeling of being in control of money instead of it
controlling them.
“It taught me how to keep track of things, like ATM
receipts,” said participant Anne Welch. “When they
started showing us how to use the spreadsheets, and
I’m doing my math in the corner, I realized how much
I was spending on iced coffee every month. We need to
learn to discipline ourselves, and this definitely helped.”
Fields said meetings last spring between area service
providers and banking institutions pointed to the need
and urgency for financial education and literacy. Ac-
cording to the United Way website, the “Cost of Living in
Iowa” report and the 2010 Johnson County Community
Assessment indicated that 33.7 percent of households in
Johnson County are at 200 percent of the federal poverty
level or below. Financial education and literacy programs
are targeted toward helping individuals gain skills to
work their way toward financial stability.
“United Way really felt it was an important gap to
address because financial illiteracy can compound prob-
lems. Without the basic understanding of money concepts
and financial options, people are likely to pay more than
they have to for financial services, fall into debt, damage
their credit records, or even declare bankruptcy,” said
Fields. Those without bank accounts sometimes rely on
the high-cost alternatives of check cashing services and
very high-interest financial service options.
“Poor financial choices harm both the individuals and
our community. In reality there are so many people who
may live paycheck-to-paycheck, where it only takes one
event– like a car repair or a significant illness– that can
break down everything,” said Fields. Interventions like
the Money Smart program help people living at a lower
income rate, but there are still others at higher income
levels who lack significant savings, are on fixed incomes
without the opportunity to increase earnings, and those
without income support when emergencies happen. “We
see instability a lot, across many populations,” she said.
United Way, MidWestOne partner
for financial literacy program
REPRI NTED FROM THE DEC. 11 EDI TI ON OF THE NORTH LI BERTY LEADER
Money Smarts: Continued on page 6
Graduates of the Money Smart Johnson County initiative
attend their final session Nov. 20 at the North Liberty
Community Library. (photo by Lori Lindner)
4 • JANUARY, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
NEWSLETTER
Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
CITY NEWS
REC CENTER UPDATES
AQUATIC CENTER UPDATES
2015 PET TAGS NOW AVAILABLE
It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2015.
Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be
purchased at City Hall for $2. Owners must provide ver-
ification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive
this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee
of $25. A tag provides identification in the event a pet
is lost. The registration of an animal helps the City to
ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with
vaccines.
LEASH LAW
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property
or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be
impounded.
USE POOPER SCOOPERS
Zip lock bags also work well. Please clean up after your
pets. Pet droppings can be a health hazard especially
in areas where children play. Pet droppings can also
be washed into the storm water system contaminating
streams and rivers. When walking your pet in the park,
please use the Pet Waste Stations.
SNOW EMERGENCIES
According to the ordinance, snow emergencies will
automatically go into effect when snow accumulation
reaches two inches. During snow emergencies parking
will not be allowed on any street. This is to ensure
streets are clear for effective snow removal and other
road maintenance.
Any vehicles in violation of the ordinance may be ticket-
ed and towed without notice. Each 12-hour period that
a vehicle is parked or allowed to remain on any street
in violation of this section constitutes a separate and
distinct offense.
Snow emergencies may also be declared by the City
Mayor or designee at the Mayor’s discretion. When the
snow emergency is lifted, the information will be posted
on the City website (northlibertyiowa.org) as soon as
possible.
SNOW REMOVAL
It is against City code to push snow into the street or
onto someone else’s property. City staff knows how
challenging the ongoing blast of winter weather can be,
but encourage all to be great neighbors.
SIDEWALKS
Property owners are responsible for cleaning sidewalks
within 48 hours of a snowfall. Properties that have side-
walks across the rear of their property are responsible
for maintenance of those walks as well. Your coopera-
tion is necessary to provide safe walkways for children
going to and from school and for all walkers.
MAILBOXES
Mailboxes need to be installed properly and in the prop-
er location. Property owners must also be clear snow in
front of mailboxes to permit timely delivery of mail.
FIRE HYDRANTS
Please keep fire hydrants uncovered so that they are
visible in case of emergency.
CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP
Christmas trees will be picked up curbside
each Wednesday until Jan. 28. Trees must
be bare of all decorations or flocking. DO
NOT PLACE TREES IN PLASTIC BAGS.
Place trees at the curb by 7 a.m.
MAYOR OFFERS REGULAR OFFICE HOURS
North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has begun hosting
regular office hours at the North Liberty Community
Library, 520 W. Cherry St. The office hours are intended
WATER FITNESS CLASSES
Aqua Boot Camp
This class is full of fun and energizing activities designed
to help you reach your fitness goals now. Exercises
are performed using the full length of the pool, but no
swimming skills are needed to participate. Ages: 15 years &
up (Younger may attend with adult)
SS1: January 6-29
SS2: February 3-26
SS3: March 3-31
SS4: April 2-30
Tuesdays & Thursdays; 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS1 & 2: $28/$33; SS3 & 4: $32/$37 or
$4 drop-in fee per day if class is not full.
Saturday Aqua Aerobics
Get your weekend started off right with a high energy water
workout. Various floatation and resistance equipment are
used throughout the entire length of the pool. All fitness
levels are welcome. Ages: 15 years & up (younger may
attend with adult)
SS1: January 3-31
SS2: February 7-28
SS3: March 7-28
SS4: April 11-25 (No class Apr. 4)
Saturday; 8-9 a.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS1: $18/$23; SS2 & 3: $14/$19; SS4:
$11/$16 or $4 drop-in fee per day is class not full.
Water Resistance Exercise Class
This class is a fast-paced, cardio workout using ankle cuffs,
belts, gloves, weight ball and a new AquaLogix hand held
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Snowman Contest
Build a snowman in your yard or in a city park for everyone
to see between now and Feb. 28, then take a picture of
your creation and submit to Jason with
your name, contact information and
where the snowman was built, at jegly@
northlibertyiowa.org. Photos will be
displayed at the Community Center and on
the City Facebook page, and will be judged
by staff. The winning family receives a
prize.
Junior Prom with Mom
This mother-and-son dance where boys will treat their
moms like queens at a black-tie affair. Couples will enjoy
dancing, pictures, an ice cream sundae buffet and dinner.
Event planner: Essence of a Dream. Fee: $35 per couple;
$10 each additional child. Ages: boys 4-12 years old with
mother.
Friday, Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Friday, Jan. 16
to offer the public another avenue to communicate with
elected officials.
Starting Jan. 6, Nielsen will be available each Tuesday
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. to answer questions, listen to
concerns, or discuss topics raised by the public.
THREE CITY EMPLOYEES RECEIVE AWARDS
• Communications Coordinator Erika Harper was named
Employee of the Year. She was cited for her commit-
ment to excellence, willingness to work on new projects
outside, optimism and attention to detail, while not
seeking personal accolades.
• Police Sergeant Tyson Landsgard was named Officer
of the Year for his commitment, leadership and pro-
fessionalism. Chief Diane Venenga, who presented the
award, noted his problem-solving and interpersonal skills
as particular assets to the department and community.
• Daniel Robbins, a custodian in the Community Center,
was named Rookie of the Year, given to an outstanding
first-year city employee. He was cited for his work ethic,
attitude and aptitude.
SENIOR COUNCIL SEEKS INPUT
A local community group, the Senior Council, is seeking
feedback about the Senior Dining Program via a survey
with the aim of improving the program as it moves
towards a new weekly schedule.
The Senior Council will plan and implement activities
for seniors in the community. A few of the suggestions
that the Senior Council will explore are recreational and
exercise groups, senior meals and foster grandparents.
If you are a senior and want to be a part of the Council,
please contact us at nlbuildingcommunity@gmail.com.
Winter Spring Brochure 2015:
Winter Spring brochures are available online at www.
northlibertyiowa.org/rec or stop by the Rec Center and
pick one up in person. Registration for most programs held
January through April is already in progress.
resistance buoy. Class starts promptly at 8 a.m. Come find
out why water can be a blast of energy & fun. Ages: 15
years & up
SS1: January 2-30
SS2: February 2-27
SS3: March 2-30
SS4: April 1-29 (No class April 3)
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 8-8:45 a.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS1: $46/$51; SS2 & 4: $42/$47;
SS3:$46/$51; or $4 drop-in fee per day
Easy Does It
Class will focus on improving your range of motion,
balance, core strength and reducing stress. You do not
have to know how to swim, but must be comfortable in
water. A variety of water equipment is provided and used
during class. Class starts promptly at 9 a.m. Ages 15 years
& up
SS1: January 2-30
SS2: February 2-27
SS3: March 2-30
SS4: April 1-29 (No class April 3)
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 9-9:45 a.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS1: $46/$51; SS2 & 4: $42/$47; SS3:
$46/$51; or $4 drop-in fee per day
Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
Recreational exercise program designed for men and
women, regardless of age, under guidance of Certified
Arthritis Foundation leaders. Class allows anyone to
exercise without putting excess strain on joints or muscles
while performing gentle range of motion exercises and
stretches to muscles. Ages:15 years & Up
SS1: January 2-30
SS2: February 2-27
SS3: March 2-30
SS4: April 1-29 (No class April 3)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 -10:50a.m.
Fees: SS1: $26/$31; SS2 & 4: $24/$29; SS3: $26/$31 or
$3 drop-in fee per day if class not full.
Next session of swim
lessons begins week of
January 19
Kid’s Campsite
Play area for youngsters 48” or under in height. Soft-play features such
as tent, log slide and frog to climb on. Hours: Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-
12(Noon) and 4-8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
No cost at this time; must follow all rules.
Lucky Duck Morning Swim
A special morning open swim time for caregivers and young children.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS/SPORTS
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JANUARY, 2015 • 5
Safety and supervision is needed; if caregiver cannot provide adequate
attention to children they may be asked to leave or bring additional help.
We recommend 1:1 ratio for 2 years and under; 1:5 ratio for 3 years and
up; Ages 5 and under should always be within arm’s reach.
January 2 – April 24 (No class April 3)
Fridays; 9-11:30 a.m.
Fee:$1 per child; pay at front desk
Bitty Ballerinas
Classes consist of stretching and body awareness, skill refinement,
creative movement and lots of pretending. Monthly themes include: the
seven movements of dance, moving through space, tempo, emotion and
telling a story. Older classes will begin a study of classical ballet.
Thursdays January 22-May 7
3:15-3:45 p.m. Tiny Dancers (DOB: 9/1/2010-8/31/11)
3:50-4:35 p.m. Preschool Dancers (DOB: 9/1/09-8/31/10)
4:40-5:25 p.m. K - 1st Grade (DOB: 9/1/07-8/31/09)
5:30-6:15 p.m. 2nd - 3rd Grade (DOB: 9/1/05-8/31/07)
Fees: Tiny Dancers: $90; Preschool Dancers: $110; Grades K-3: $110.
Performance add-on: $45 per participant.
Rehearsal: May 14, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Stage Rehearsal: May 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Performance: May 21, 6:30-7 p.m.
For more information visit bittyballerinas.blogspot.com.
Ballet/Creative Dance
This program is designed to introduce a child to dance basics, develop a
love for dance and an appreciation for music. Students must be at least
3 years old and potty trained. Ages: 3-4 years old
Wednesdays; 5:30-6 p.m. or 6-6:30 p.m.
Registration/Information: Contact Lyndsay at 319-648-4091or
lwilkinsonkrotz@hotmail.com
New Classes for Kids!
With instructor Stephanie Fiser we’re offering some great new
programming for kids ages 6 to 12. Sign up and get your kids off the
couch for creative winter fun.
New!
School-age Workshops
Escape the winter blues by entering another world for an afternoon.
Each week offers a new world to explore through various activities
allowing children to use their imagination. Saturdays; 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $8 per session, per child. Ages: 6-12 years
Registration deadlines for each session listed below:
Jan. 24: Winter Wonders....Jan. 16
Jan. 31: Super Hero ..........Jan. 23
Feb. 7: Space ....................Jan. 30
Feb. 14: Super Spy ............Feb. 6
Cake Decorating for Kids
Come have fun and learn the basics of cake decorating. Each child will
decorate their own mini cake to take home.
Ages: 6-12 years. Saturdays; 3–4 p.m. Fee: $10 per child
Registration deadlines for each session listed below:
January 24 ................................................. Jan. 16
January 31 ................................................. Jan. 23
February 7 .................................................. Jan. 30
February 14 .................................................. Feb. 6
Girls Only! Slumber Party
Wear your pajamas and come have a night of fun! Paint fingernails, eat
popcorn, make friendship bracelets and enjoy an evening of girl talk.
Ages: 6-12 years. Fee: $8/child
January 31, 6 -7:30p.m.
Registration Deadline: January 23
REC CENTER UPDATES
continued from page 4
Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
SHELF LIFE
By Jennie Garner
Library Director
Over 13,000 people visited us in the library in December and more than
2000 people used our computers and wireless access. Staff is always
gratified by the wonderful community support we receive.
On that note, we recently completed the North Liberty Community
Library Annual Report. Nearly 154,000 people visited the library from
July 2013 to June 2014. Find the link on the library’s website to read
more about it. All of you contribute to our library story every day by
visiting the library, checking out materials, and supporting our programs
and services.
The North Liberty Community Library is pleased to announce that we
have begun purchasing multiple copies of popular books and DVDs. We
hope this will make the wait for items on reserve a little shorter for our
patrons. Let us know what you think.
Sign up for email pre-notification today! If you check your email
regularly and haven’t provided your email address to us, share it with
staff at the Information Desk to begin receiving pre-notification due date
reminders for library materials. This new reminder features sends you
an email three days before library checkouts are due so you have an
opportunity to renew or return and avoid any fines.
Interested in learning a new language or brushing up on the high school
foreign language you took? Coming in January, the library will be offer-
ing Mango Languages database on our website under the eLibrary
tab. You’ll need a North Liberty Library card to access.
Congratulations to our Gingerbread House Contest winners Kath-
ryn and Jacob Schievert. They won a Family Fun Pack with a movie,
popcorn and cocoa.
January is Fine Amnesty Month: Got overdue library materials? Get a
fresh start at the library in January. Bring in your overdue items (no mat-
ter how overdue they are) and ask staff at the Information Desk to erase
your fines. Fines existing before January 2015 can still be paid with
cash, nonperishable food items ($1/item) or by making arrangements to
do volunteer work at the library or read off your fines.
The Happiness Project: Stop by the library on Jan. 12, 10 a.m. until
noon, or Jan. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and watch a short TED Talk called
the Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor, learn why happiness brings
true success and then make a Gratitude Journal.
Calendar Fundraiser: Help us raise $500! Purchase your 2015 Cul-
ver’s calendar at the library for $5. All proceeds go to the library. Each
calendar contains nearly $50 in coupons honored at any Culver’s. Thank
you to Culvers for donating 100 calendars for this wonderful fundraiser.
The library staff strives to provide services and programs tailored to
meet the needs of community members and area residents. While it may
not be possible to adopt all suggestions, we welcome your input. Please
contact Library Director Jennie Garner with suggestions, questions or
concerns at 319-626-5778 or email jgarner@northlibertyiowa.org.
If you have general questions about upcoming programs or library
services, please call 319-626-5701 or visit our website for information at
www.northlibertylibrary.org.
JANUARY LIBRARY EVENTS
REGULAR PROGRAMS
• Sociable Seniors– Mondays, 10 a.m.
• Crafternoons– for K-6th Grade (get crafty): Tuesdays, 3:30
to 4:30 p.m.
• My Baby Story Time–Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
• Tot Time– MOVING to Fridays, 10 a.m.
• Just for Fun– (needle crafts): Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
• Storytime– Wednesdays, 10 a.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.
• Lego Thursdays– First and third Thursday (K-6th Grade):
2:30 to 4 p.m.
• PJ Storytime– Thursdays, 7 p.m.
FAMILY & TODDLER PROGRAMS
• My Baby Story Time: NEW this spring!
Every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
My Baby Story Time is designed for infants
up to 24 months and parent/caregiver. At this program you
can expect a combination of stories and rhymes that will also
incorporate movement.
• Tot time– MOVING to Fridays at 10 a.m.
Tot time provides a combination of stories and songs geared
for the 2-4 year old age group.
YOUTH & TEEN PROGRAMS
• Card Gaming– Thursday, January 29; 2:30-4 p.m. (k-6th grade)
Bring your Pokémon or Magic cards to play others for fun, or play
the game Munchkin with Mr. Andrew.
• Throwback Wednesdays– Second and fourth Thursday of
each month from 5-6 p.m. in the Zone. Come play and have
snacks– we’ll do LEGOs, play dough, etc. Let your inner kid free!
ADULT PROGRAMS
• The Happiness Project
Drop in on Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, or Jan. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Learn why happiness is a key to success and make a gratitude
journal.
• Tough Talk Discussion Group– Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:30
p.m. and will be discussing stem cell research. Suggested dis-
cussion materials are available at the library.
• Health Series with CarePro Pharmacy– presented by pre-
sented by Stephanie Proud, RD, LDN, CNSC, at 6:30 p.m.
* Jan. 15– Rethink Your Drink
* Jan. 22– Diet and Nutrition Misinformation
• Feed the Birds– with Master Gardener Deb Walser on Monday,
Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.
• Pinterest Live– Arm Knit Scarves with Alisha Ruffcorn from
the North Liberty Police Department on Wednesday, Jan. 21,
at 6:30 p.m.
• Last Tuesday of the Month Book Club– Tuesday, Jan.
27; 6:30 p.m. January’s read is “The Old Curiosity Shop” by
Charles Dickens.
JANUARY TECH TOPICS– Free and open to everyone!
• Device Demonstration
Get a new gadget as a gift? Bring it in and learn some of the
fun and useful things you can do with it
* Wednesday, Jan. 7; 1:30-3 p.m.
* Friday, Jan. 9; 9:30-11 a.m.
• Connecting Online
Learn to connect with family and friends over the internet
* Tuesday, Jan. 13; 1:30-3 p.m.
* Thursday, Jan. 15; 9:30-11 a.m.
• Get Googled
Class will look at all Google has to offer from email, maps and
documents to spreadsheets, presentations and more.
* Wednesday, Jan. 21; 1:30-3 p.m.
* Friday, Jan. 23; 9:30-11 a.m.
NEW!
Tap/Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop Combo Dance
Learn to dance ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap in one fun class.
Wednesdays
Times: PreBallet/Tap Combo; 5-6 years. 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Junior Ballet/Tap Combo; 7-9 years 7:15-8 p.m.
Intermediate Combo; 10 years & Up 8 -8:45 p.m.
Registration/Information: Contact Lyndsay at 319-648-4091 or e-mail:
lwilkinsonkrotz@hotmail.com
Tae Kwon Do: Adults & Children
Learn self control, self confidence, discipline, courtesy and self defense.
This activity is for the entire family. Uniform required. Ages 6 years and up.
SS1: January 5-29
SS2: February 2-26
SS3: March 2-30
SS4: April 2-30
Monday and Thursday; 5:30-7 p.m.
Fee: Res/Non-res: SS1 & 2: $48/$53; SS3 & 4: $54/$59; or $7 drop-in
Jr. Golf
Great introduction to the game of golf for kids. Learn skills at the Quail
Creek Golf Course range and practice green. Must bring own clubs.
Meet at NLRC, transport to golf course. Ages: 8-13 years. Fee: $30/
person. Tuesdays, April 7-28; 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Registration Deadline: April 2
18 Day BOOST
Six days a week for three weeks. New to working out or want to get back
into an exercise program? Make good on your New Year’s Resolution by
signing up now; limited class size. Flexibility, cardio and strength training
for all fitness levels, five days a week. Relaxation and stretching one day
a week. Ages: 14 years & up
January 5-24
Monday – Friday, 6 -7 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30-11 a.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS1: $45 or $4.50 drop-in fee per class
Basketball
Get together for a half or full court pick-up game of basketball. Check
with front desk for conflict dates when programming takes precedence.
Daily drop-in fees assessed. Ages: 18 years & up (not in high school)
Noon Ball: January 5 – April 30 (No play Jan. 19; Feb. 16; March 16-20;
April 3
Monday-Friday; 12 – 1:30 p.m. at NLRC
Evenings: January 6-April 30
Thursdays, 6:15-8:45 p.m. at
North Bend Elementary
Fees: Daily fee $2 per person or purchase monthly package:
Resident $10; Non-resident $15
Cardio Pump
Interval training utilizing progressive and moderate resistance with free
weights and own body weight; cardio training during recovery. Build
muscle, improve cardiovascular health and reduce muscle wasting.
Ages: 14 years & up
SS1: January 5-28
SS2: February 2-25
SS3: March 2-30
SS4: April 1-19
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS1 & 2: $24/$29; SS3 & 4: $27/$32; or $3.50 drop-
in fee per class
Cardio Kickboxing
Basic punches and kicks are broken down one at a time and then
combined to make for a high energy, full body workout. Class designed
to increase flexibility, endurance, core and overall strength. All fitness
levels welcome. Ages: 14 years & up.
SS1: January 6-29
SS2: February 3-26
SS3: March 3-31
SS4: April 2-30
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS1 & 2: $24/$29; SS3 & 4: $27/$32; or $3.50 drop-
in fee per class
YOUTH PROGRAMS
Feb. 21: Nature..................Feb. 13
Feb. 28: Pirates/Mermaids....Feb. 20
March 7: Sports................. Feb. 27
March 14: St. Pat’s...............Mar. 6
YOUTH SPORTS
ADULT SPORTS
6 • JANUARY, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
“What you don’t know would make a great book.”
– Sydney Smith
Happy New Year! A time for new beginnings! Now is
the time to start something new in your life. Studies
show that people who keep learning live longer and
are happier people. So make a new year’s resolution
to learn something new this year. Maybe learn to
knit, or to fix your kitchen sink, or how to swim, or
the names of all the countries of the world, or why the
stars seem to twinkle and the planets shine steady in
the night sky. We can help with it all, stop in.
Open Hours
Monday-Thursday: 4-8 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-noon
Or if the Open Flag is up … come on in!
Story Time
Thursdays: 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 9: Sleep tight
Jan. 16: A B C
Jan. 23: Snowmen at Work
Jan. 30: 1-2-3
Join us for all the fun!
Book Club
Our book for January is “Lonesome Dove” by Larry
McMurtry.
A love story, an adventure and an epic of the frontier,
Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic,
“Lonesome Dove,” the third book
in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy
is the grandest novel ever written
about the last defiant wilderness of
America.
Journey to the dusty little Texas
town of Lonesome Dove and meet
an unforgettable assortment of
heroes and outlaws, trollops and
ladies, Indians and settlers. Rich-
ly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic,
“Lonesome Dove” is a book to make us laugh, weep,
dream and remember.
Books are in now. Stop in a pick one up and then join
us for the discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
Book Marks Public Hearing and 1st Reading of Ordinance
for Sewer Rate Increase was done. Rates will start
increase on July 1, 2015 and the following two years.
Approved Barker LeMar Change Order for
hauling contaminated soil to Center Point and
replacement of three trees for the cleanup of down-
town city park. Payment to Barker LeMar was also
approved.
Approved Right of Way Agreement for fiber
optic cables by and between the City of Swisher and
Unite Private Networks, LLC.
Approved recommendation from P & Z on
Fringe Area Agreement with Johnson County, Iowa
to add area west to Falcon Road and north to Linn
Johnson Road and south to 140th Street
to Area 3.
Agreed with P & Z the Fringe Area
Agreement with Cedar Rapids and
Johnson County, Iowa, to update the
map of cities boundaries.
Hired Dennis Hromidko as Seasonal
Worker for Snow Removal.
Appointed Larry Svec as Fire Dept. Representative
and Jerry Wood to Board of Adjustments.
Approved Income/Offset Agreement with Iowa De-
partment of Administrative Services State Accounting
Enterprise. Kakacek presented information of this
program and noted this is another way to collect de-
linquent utility bills.
ECICOG Representative will be the Mayor and Hin-
richs as the alternate.
2013-14 Audit: Kakacek noted the audit was sub-
mitted to state, and the city was written up for not
meeting the sewer income requirements for the SRF
Bond but rest of audit looked good. Mayor and Coun-
cil reviewed the audit. Gudenkauf recommend a link
on city website for residents review audit.
Budget Work Session Dates set for January 19,
2015 at 6 p.m. and if need additional meeting of Feb-
ruary 2, 2015.
Dec. 8
Swisher
City Council
meeting
highlights:
Sheriff’s department notes area
burglaries; budget work begins
Citizens’ Comments: Gene Beard recommend-
ed city amend city ordinance to have new business
or transfer of businesses require a secure Knox Box
outside the building where the fire department can
unlock the building for emergencies. Mayor rec-
ommended Beard to review other cities ordinances
regarding this.
Reports: Johnson County Deputy Sheriff noted
there are several burglaries in the surrounding
areas and encourage residents to call them if any-
thing looks suspicious. Fire Department Representa-
tive Gene Beard noted the fire department is seeking
additional funding from local businesses and civic
groups to purchase the system for grain bin rescues.
Mayor, Council and Employees’ Reports:
Mayor Taylor noted the following:
Santa will be at the Fire Station on
December 13th from 6:30 to 8 p.m., he
attended the 2nd Fun Days Meeting
last Wednesday and the EMA Johnson
County meeting and noted if there are
any questions on the County’s armored
vehicle, to contact him. Also attended
the ECICOG open house to meet with
the state legislators and noted that he
can appoint a Mayor Pro-Tem without
council approval. Mayor thanked Sandy Fults for her
service on this position and appointed Angie Hinrichs
as Mayor Pro-Tem. Mayor noted with winter coming
the chain of command for emergencies was as follows:
mayor, mayor pro-tem, council- by seniority. Guden-
kauf gave update of Fun Days Meeting and Fun Days
has a facebook page. Their next meeting is Monday,
January 5, 2015 at 6 p.m. in city hall and all are invit-
ed. Vondracek gave update as follows: streets have
been plowed once and sanded three times, removing
dead evergreens at wastewater plant, ordered signs
for Fisher’s 5th Addition. Hinrichs inquired if snow
fence was up. Vondracek asked council if they want
fence up and council agreed to have fence installed.
Hinrichs noted the snow fence can also be put on
farmer’s property along on the north side of Division
Street. Kakacek reported the following: working on
budget and year end items, sent out website rfps. She
asked council when they could meet for the goal set-
ting session. Council agreed to Tuesday, January 20,
2015 at 5 p.m. in City Hall.
Phone: 319-857-4539
Fax: 319-857-4529
E-Mail: swisher2@southslope.net
City of Swisher
66 Second Street
P.O. Box 279
Swisher,Iowa 52338
New City Office Hours:
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Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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And circumstances that create instabil-
ity are different from household to house-
hold, said Fields, which lent diversity to
the Money Smart attendees.
“There were single individuals that had
fixed incomes, parents working to make
ends meet and care for their families, and
a diverse set of households that partici-
pated,” Fields noted. “As highlighted in
“The Cost of Living in Iowa,” for our area,
a household needs to earn 200 percent or
more of the federal poverty guideline to
meet a basic needs budget that allows for
food at home, transportation to and from
work, housing, childcare (if needed) and
medical care. This basic budget does not
allow for savings, debt reduction or ability
to respond to life emergencies.”
Class graduate Welch estimated she
was one of the oldest participants in the
group, but thought she might have had
more to learn than anyone.
“Everybody brings something different
to the table. A lot of people came in al-
ready organized, and others are learning
new skills,” Welch said. She was happy to
see the wide range of ages of those who
took the class. “I think it’s great that there
were a lot of young people here, because
they’ll learn young. They will greatly ben-
efit from this.”
MidWestOne Bank North Liberty branch
manager Scott Jamison and branch uni-
versal banker David Starr, who instructed
the five sessions, received high praise at
the conclusion of the program from class
members, including Sara Lemley.
“They explained everything through all
the modules each time, and answered all
our questions,” said Sara. “I would defi-
nitely recommend someone else to take
it, because it’s an awesome opportunity
to learn how to save money and better
manage your money.”
Starr said he was glad to help with the
Money Smart program because he under-
stands what it can be like to be confused
about money; when he started his first
bank account at the age of 16, he was
handed an ATM card and a checkbook,
and then left on his own to figure it out.
“This is the first time I’ve ever done
anything like this,” said Starr. “I truly
enjoyed it. This (class) is something that
I would like more people to take, so they
can see there is help out there, that there
are solutions.”
Fields said program organizers will
now pull together all the data, outcomes
and feedback from the pilot classes for
review, and make changes to the program
and process to make them even better for
the next set of participants. In addition,
the United Way is scheduled to conduct
a new community assessment in 2015,
which will provide additional information
to help shape and improve the program
in its next iterations.
“Since the 2010 Assessment it seems
that 200 percent of the Federal Poverty
Guidelines may not be enough,” Fields
said. “We may be adjusting some of the
targets in the 2020 vision goals.”
Money Smarts: Continued from page 3
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JANUARY, 2015 • 7
SHUEYVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Shueyvi l l e Ci ty Counci l Meeti ng –
December 9, 2014
Mayor Markus Cannon called the regular
monthly meeting of the Shueyville City
Council to order at 6:30 pm on Tuesday,
December 9, 2014, in the council
chambers at the Shueyville Community
Center.
Present: Markus Cannon, Jerry Cada,
Mickey Coonfare, Brent Foss, Pamela
Larson, and Teresa Eadie
Absent: Chris Lacy
Ci ti zens Present: Gary Bruxvoort,
Peg Becicka, Bryan Breadman, Steve
Kass, Rob Wozny, Mal l ory Jones,
Paige Anderson, Mallory Wagner, Chad
Sands, Bill Grabe Jr., Janice Horak,
Andrea Reutzel, Katie Gilberson, Sabrina
Webster, Katie Hamilton.
Citizen’s Comments: It was suggested
that the minutes include more details
when posted so that the public is better
informed about what transpired and that
the “Tentative Agenda” gets changed to
“Agenda” prior to posting. It was asked
if the wood from the trees that were cut
down is still available and the mayor said
that if there were any interested parties
still looking to get some of the wood he
could make some of it available.
Consent Agenda: No comments on Agenda.
Review of the minutes included discussion
of the sidewalks on North James, which are
not city owned and are up to the developer.
New, larger “No Snowmobiling” and “$250
fine” signs will be added to 120th St. to
remind riders that snowmobiles are not
allowed on 120th St. These signs were
purchased and donated by the mayor. It
was requested that the city request the Hills
Bank statement sooner for the Treasurer’s
Report before council packets are mailed.
A letter and a copy of the bill for re-keying
community center be sent to one of renters
of the Community Center for payment.
The re-keying was a result of misplaced
keys. Sheriff’s calls: 6 traffic, 1 criminal,
1 burglary, 4 information, and 3 medical.
The officer at the meeting informed the
public that the holidays are a high time
for burglaries as people are generally out
shopping and it gets darker earlier in the
day providing more time for crime.
Foss motioned, seconded by Coonfare, to
approve the consent agenda consisting of
the Agenda, Minutes from the November
11, 2014 Council Meeting, Summary List
of Claims, the Johnson County Sheriff’s
Report, Permits, Licenses, and Treasurer/
Clerk’s Report. All Ayes, motion carried 4-0.
Employees: Front door of the Community
Center needs repaired or replaced and
Freeman Lock suggested replacing the
entire door and hardward with another in
the building. South Slope will be featuring
Shueyville in their next bill mailing, and safety
rings have been added to fire hydrants in
Jacob’s Landing, second addition.
Old Business: A motion by Coonfare, and
seconded by Larson to approve the new
Shueyville Community Center Weekly Rental
Contract with the addition of $250 deposit
and proof of insurance. All Ayes, motion
carried 4-0.
Snow removal for Southview is under review
until the legal owner of the road a can be
determined.
New, larger “No Snowmobiling” and “$250
fine” signs will be add on 120th St and if an
officer stops a violator they can be subject
up to a $250 fine on the first offense, $500
for the second offense, and $750 for the
3rd offense.
New Business: It was suggested the Future
Land Use Plan be reviewed and updated and
to schedule a Public Open House for input
from the public on the future development
of the Buresh property near I-380. Ideas
discussed include small commercial store
such as a grocery store and a park &
ride area for commuters as well as a
residential area to the east.
Motion by Larson, seconded by Cada
to purchase Clerk/Finance Handbook
& webinar. All Ayes, motion carried 4-0
Correspondence: DOT patching I-380,
March 17, 2015
Announcements: Fire Department
updates -water tank located behind
United Methodist Church at Steeple
and Dean St. is operational with 17,500
gallons. Reminder business owners
and gated communities have Knox
Box installed to allow fire department
and emergency personnel access to
property in emergency situations so
they do not have to break an entering.
Foss moved to adjourn the meeting,
seconded by Cada. All Ayes, motion
carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:45
p.m.
Markus Cannon, Mayor
Teresa Eadie, City Clerk/Treasurer
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By Jen Moore
Solon Economist
SOLON- Solon Recreation Direc-
tor Mike Reeve’s favorite moments
are those of triumph and kindness.
Because he’s present for every
Parks and Recreation game and
activity, he gets to see the best of
young athletes and coaches in the
area. Sometimes he witnesses the
excitement of a kindergartener’s
very first soccer goal. Other times,
he sees the definition of integrity,
like when a coach tells a referee
about a penalty he missed, even
though it would go against his own
team.
“When you see sportsmanship
displayed by adults and see the
success of the kids, it’s just a great
feeling,” Reeve said.
Reeve officially became Solon’s
recreation director Nov. 1, after
previous director Travis Young
stepped down.
Before taking over, Reeve worked
as a business education teacher
for over 30 years, including nine
years at Solon High School. He also
spent most of those years coach-
ing his two sons in almost every
sport imaginable, from the time the
oldest was in kindergarten, up until
the youngest entered high school.
It was this experience with youth
and their parents that made Reeve
an attractive candidate to Public
Works Director Scott Kleppe. After
Young stepped down, Kleppe con-
tacted Reeve to see if he would fill
in, even temporarily.
“Mike’s experience as a teacher
and coach, and his long-time invest-
ment in the community, made him
a good fit,” Kleppe said. “I think
he’s well perceived in the communi-
ty and people are going to like what
they see come out of him.”
Having just retired from teach-
ing, Reeve was more than willing to
step in and felt comfortable making
decisions right from the start.
“I’ve worked with kids of all ages
my whole life in the classroom and
coaching, and I’ve always enjoyed
it,” Reeve said. “I thought the
chance to work with them outside
of the classroom was a great oppor-
tunity.”
But, under IPERS (Iowa Public
Employee Retirement System) rules,
Reeve couldn’t start working for
the city until three months after his
retirement. So during this period,
he worked on a volunteer basis,
learning the ropes from Young and
becoming more comfortable with
the job, the duties of which range
from organizing sporting events to
helping plow snow in the winter.
On Oct. 1, he officially accepted
the position and a month later he
became a city employee.
One of Reeve’s biggest priorities
is coming up with new activities for
children. He feels the city already
offers a wealth of athletic programs
for kids, but wants to see more
clubs and arts and craft activities.
Reeve also wants to offer more
opportunities for Solon adults. Ear-
lier in the year, the Parks and Rec-
reation Department sent out a sur-
vey gauging interest in programs
like yoga, kickboxing, and Zumba.
He also hopes to plan monthly
excursions for senior citizens.
“We just wanted to see what
kinds of activities adults would like
to see,” Reeve said. “I’m also just
trying to get familiar with what
everyone else is doing. We’re seeing
what other organizations are doing
and seeing how we can help them,
or how we can add to it.”
Reeve has also been contemplat-
ing bringing back sand volleyball
and co-ed softball leagues in the
summer, both of which have been
popular in the past.
“We’d like to see the program
grow. Parks and Recreation and
the Solon City Council have been
behind it,” Kleppe said. “We had to
find someone who would be very
resourceful-minded because of the
limited facilities and limited funds.
Mike was that.”
Most of these programs would
utilize facilities already in exis-
tence, but Reeve hopes to also add
in a few more– a local skate park
being one of them– though those
would require additional fundrais-
ing.
Getting to see old students in a
new light has been one of Reeve’s
favorite parts of the job. Many par-
ents of children participating in the
Parks and Recreation Department’s
programs grew up in Reeve’s class-
room.
“I love getting to reacquaint my-
self with them,” he said. “They’ve
been great, just very supportive.”
Yoga, youth basketball, and
basketball camps are a few of the
upcoming programs the Parks and
Recreation Department offers to
residents. For more information on
registration and future activities,
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Markʼs Auto Body celebrates 25 years in Solon
By Jen Moore
Solon Economist
SOLON- Twenty-five years ago, it
would have taken Mark Divoky over an
hour just to do a simple estimate on a
car brought into the shop. Everything
had to be done by hand, from figur-
ing out prices to looking up the parts
needed.
Now, with the evolution of technolo-
gy, that process takes just 15 minutes.
“When I first started, we didn’t have
computers,” Divoky said. “ But now, ev-
erything’s in there– our estimating soft-
ware, our parts list, everything. If we’re
working on something and we have a
question about how to tear it apart, you
can get on the Internet and you’ll have
an answer.”
Mark’s Auto Body, owned by Solon
native Divoky, turned 25 years old this
year, a milestone he attributes largely to
the support of the community.
He has a loyal customer base, some
of them out-of-town clients who choose
to forgo the larger shops Cedar Rap-
ids or Iowa City just to have their cars
worked on by him and his staff.
“If there’s a problem, they’re not
afraid to come to me and tell me about
it and have me fix it,” He said. “It’s part
of being in a small town. They’d rather
stick with someone they know is here.
(In) some of the big shops, you very
seldom see the owner.”
Working with the public and the
community is one of Divoky’s favorite
Mark Divoky and his auto
body shop have been
staples since 1989
Mark Divoky and his daughter, Danielle Hansel, in front of the shop at 132 E. Short St.
in Solon. Danielle has worked with her father since 2007. (photo by Jen Moore)
parts of owning the business. The bulle-
tin board in the main office is adorned
with thank you cards from local orga-
nizations his shop has donated to, and
Divoky likes to have genuine conversa-
tions with every customer who walks
through his doors.
“I really just enjoy the people. You’ll
see someone and they recognize you
outside of here; it’s great,” Divoky said.
“The community has been very good to
me and has helped me prosper and do
well.”
Divoky’s daughter, Danielle Hansel,
has worked in the main office since
2007 and understands her father’s love
of working with the public. She began
working for him after her graduation
from the University of Northern Iowa
with plans to only stay until she figured
out what she wanted to do career-wise,
but the experience she’s had so far has
made it hard to leave.
“I like working in a small town and
the customers. And it’s nice working
with family and getting to work for my
dad,” she said.
But with all this experience and
knowledge, the auto industry wasn’t
even Divoky’s first calling. He original-
ly worked with his father and brother
in the farming industry. But, when the
farming crisis of the 1980’s hit Iowa, it
became difficult to support three fami-
lies on one plot of land.
So, Divoky made the decision to leave
the industry, ensuring that his father
and brother could continue farming and
“get a bigger slice of the pie,” he said.
Having always enjoyed tinkering
around with cars in the garage, he
enrolled in Kirkwood College’s collision
program and worked part-time at a near-
by shop. After graduation, he accepted a
full time position with the shop, work-
ing there for five years before making
the decision to go off on his own.
Now, his business has expanded from
just himself to five technicians, plus
Hansel. He moved to his current build-
ing in 1993, adding on three times and
opening a paint shop across the street.
In the late 1990’s, Mark’s Auto Body also
began doing repairs on semi-trucks from
several truck companies, a move that
had significant impacts on the compa-
ny’s revenue.
But growth hasn’t been without a
few challenges. As materials in vehi-
cles change, so have the methods and
equipment used to fix them. Unlike
when Divoky first began, many cars
are now made up of a lot of plastic and
aluminum, whereas older cars were
comprised of mostly steel. These new
materials are harder to repair and, most
times, have to be replaced instead.
“A lot more things are more throw-
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January 2015 News
Proposed Senior Advocate Trips
All trips leave from Solon Recreation and Nature
Area. *Bus trips
*Wednesday, Feb. 25: Circa 21 “Les Miserables.”
Thursday, March 19: Hoover Museum “America’s
First Ladies.”
*Thursday, April 16: Mennonite Meal, Stringtown,
Country Store.
*Wednesday, May 27: Circa 21 “The Sound of
Music.”
Thursday, June 18: Paddle Boat/Grist Mill, Musca-
tine.
Sign up at Old Gold Dining or call 624-2710.
NOTICE: If for some unseen reason you must can-
cel a trip and have already paid, a 48-hour notice is
necessary in order to receive a refund.
The Advocates are planning a shopping day at
Coral Ridge Mall Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Advocates’
mini-bus to catch after-holiday sales. Plan to leave
from the back parking lot of the Solon United Meth-
odist Church Family Life Center at 10:30 a.m., catch
lunch at the mall and return to Solon around 2:30
p.m. Trip cost is $5. Please sign up at Old Gold Din-
ing or call 624-2710.
We also plan to organize casino runs, shopping
excursions, movie venues, trips to garden centers and
the Devonian Gorge and Corps of Engineers museum,
a picnic in a park and many other options throughout
the year.
The Advocates also wish to extend an invitation to
groups, individuals and organizations, not necessarily
seniors, to request the use of the mini-bus for area
day trips. The Senior Advocates will coordinate with
the requesting party the organizing and scheduling of
each trip and will provide volunteer drivers. For more
information please call 855-9797 or 624-2710.
Thanks
Thanks to Jay and Helen Proffitt for sponsoring
the Dec. 9 Old Gold Dining meal and for an extraor-
dinary Christmas program. Jay and Helen combined
humor and inspiring messages plus visual effects to
enlighten and charm the over 70 diners that day. The
Proffitts are always so generous with their gifts and
time and we are especially grateful for their return
engagement each year.
Meal & Movie
There is a new wrinkle on the Meal & Movie agen-
da– a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to a local eat-
ery will be conducted each session. Space allows for
20 people, so be sure and sign up early at Old Gold
Dining or call 624-2710. The next scheduled Meal
& Movie will be Friday, Jan. 30, at the Solon Public
Library– movie to be announced.
Cans & Bottles
A good way to help us with bus expenses is to take
your cans and bottles to Bev Noskas’s garage at 221
N. Iowa St. in Solon to help us with our new BevMo-
bile!
Exercise
Exercise with Carol at Our Lord’s Church Tuesday
mornings at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
Chores
Dave Frisbie is taking calls to help with your house-
hold chores. Give him a ring at 624-6024.
Senior Advocates:
Art Tellin: 624-2824 or 855-9797
Don Burch: 624-4054
Carol Tobias: 351-6707
Larry Meister: 624-2516
Clayton Patterson: 624-3859
Jeanne Erhart: 624-3686
Sandy Hanson: 624-2710 or 430-8655
Barry Byrne
JANUARY MENU
Friday, Jan. 2: Grilled Reuben
sandwich, French fries, peas, choc-
olate cake. CARDS.
Monday, Jan. 5: Maple BBQ
pork loin, scalloped potatoes,
cheesy cauliflower, ice cream.
Tuesday, Jan. 6: Herb baked
chicken, rice pilaf, Malibu blend
veggies, fruited gelatin. BINGO.
Wednesday, Jan. 7: Smoked
sausage, peppers and onion, mac
and cheese, stewed tomatoes,
chocolate chip cookies.
Thursday, Jan. 8: Lasagna,
veggie blend, garlic bread, lem-
on-lime dessert. Foot Clinic – BP,
BINGO.
Friday, Jan. 9: Breaded fish
fillet, fried potatoes, coleslaw,
pineapple cake. CARDS.
Monday, Jan. 12: Garlic pork
loin, boiled potatoes, green and
gold beans, peanut butter chip
cake.
Tuesday, Jan. 13: Salad with
SW dressing, Carnita enchilada,
Baja blend, fruit crisp. BINGO /
City rep.
Wednesday, Jan. 14: Spon-
sored meal – Baked pork chop/
gravy, mashed potato, scalloped
cabbage, cake/ice cream.
Thursday, Jan. 15: Chicken
Alfredo pasta, broccoli, sherbet.
BINGO.
Friday, Jan. 16: Breaded fish
fillet, baked potato, coleslaw, coco-
nut pudding. CARDS.
Monday, Jan. 19: Salisbury
steak, parsley noodles, dilled car-
rots, lemon dessert.
Tuesday, Jan. 20: Chicken
cordon bleu, sweet potato crunch,
broccoli, cranberry apple crisp.
BINGO.
Wednesday, Jan. 21: Beef
minute steak, Italian scalloped
potatoes, corn, brownie pudding.
ENTERTAINMENT.
Thursday, Jan. 22: Sweet &
sour ribs, mini baked potatoes,
buttered beets, buttermilk cookie
dessert. BINGO.
Friday, Jan. 23: Cracker topped
fish, mac and cheese, ice cream
with crunch topping. CARDS.
Monday, Jan. 26: Rotisserie
style chicken breast, rice pilaf,
hominy, frosted cake.
Tuesday, Jan. 27: Country fried
steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli
florets, buttermilk brownie. BINGO
Wednesday, Jan. 28: Crispy
pork chop, boiled potatoes, orange
glazed veggies, grasshopper des-
sert. 4th Graders.
Thursday, Jan. 29: Spaghetti
with meat sauce, tossed salad,
garlic bread, sherbet. BINGO.
Friday, Jan. 30: Ham loaf, roast
sweet potatoes, parsley cauliflower,
lemon angel bars. CARDS.
OLD GOLD DINER
All meals served at
11:30 a.m. in the Solon
United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall. Please call
624-2251 by 1 p.m. the day
before to reserve a meal or
arrange for transportation.
No weekend calls after 1
p.m. Friday. Meal price now
$3.25. Everyone welcome!
Old Gold Events
Tuesdays and Thurs-
days: Bingo
OLD GOLD DINER
Fridays: Cards
Tuesday, Jan. 8: Foot
Clinic/BP
Thursday, Jan. 13:
City representative
Wednesday, Jan. 28:
Fourth Graders
SPONSORED MEAL
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Please make reserva-
tions two days prior to
the meal.
Sponsor: Brian Fitz-
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Family Chiropractic.
Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year from the Old Gold Diner
Wow, what a year The Old Gold Diner has had.
Many thanks to the City of Solon, The Solon Retire-
ment Village and generous donations from members
of the community. Since starting to receive meals
from the Solon Retirement Village Jan. 2 this year, Old
Gold Diner has been able to serve over 7,000 meals
to seniors and others, in their homes or at the Solon
Methodist Church where those who want to dine with
friends and neighbors are hosted. Of those meals,
10 percent were meals that went to people in need
of nutritional meals and unable to afford them. The
Solon community is lucky to have kept the program
as so many small sites had been cut. With continued
support, 2015 will be even bigger and better.
Also, thanks to the Solon Senior Advocates. The
Advocates have found sponsors over the years for a
meal once a month, as well as many years of addition-
al support.
Thanks to the Solon United Methodist Church for
providing a handicapped accessible place to meet
and staff always ready to assist. Thanks to St. Mary
Catholic Church for its continued assistance over the
years. There are numerous volunteers who give their
time to keep daily tasks in tow. There are too many
tasks for one person to do alone. Drivers who deliver
meals are sometimes the only person folks may see
for the day. Thanks to the volunteers who sit on (or
did sit on) the site council that oversees the program
and gives much-needed advice and support. Last and
certainly not least, thanks to the people at the Solon
Economist and North Johnson County. You don’t have
to read much of the paper each week or month to see
how much this little giant of a newspaper does for the
whole community.
As a reminder, any age person can eat at the Old
Gold Diner as we no longer receive funds from the
county, state or federal government which restrict
the age (children accompanied by an adult). The cost
is $3.25 per meal, served Monday through Friday at
11:30 a.m. You only need call by 1 p.m. the day before
(1 p.m. Friday for Monday) to make a reservation.
There are numerous activities throughout the month,
watch for a listing in the Economist and the monthly
newsletter, which also includes the menu.
Thanks again for everyone’s support!
Site Manager,
Duane McAtee
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away now than how they used to be,” Divoky said.
“There’s been a lot of change to increase gas mileage.
A lot of the materials are lighter and stronger and
there’s just not a lot of repair to them.”
And if an issue comes from the electronics in the
car, it almost always has to be repaired by the dealer-
ship because of the kinds of programs required to fix
it.
“A lot of the cars we work on now, the electronics
have become more sophisticated than the first space-
ship that landed on the moon,” Divoky said.
But, that’s not to say that he and his team aren’t
equipped to handle most problems car owners throw
their way. Continuing education has been key in
keeping up with the changes in the auto industry, and
the employees of Mark’s Auto Body often take several
classes each year so they can continue to adapt to a
changing auto industry.
And after 25 years, Divoky has no plans on stopping
anytime soon. Even once he retires, he hopes Mark’s
Auto Body continues on in Solon.
“I hope to keep it going,” Divoky said. “Someday I’ll
retire and I hope that someone will take it over and
keep it going. It requires a lot to keep it open, but it’s
really been good.”
Mark’s Auto Body , located at 132 East Short Street
in Solon, is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Those with inquiries can reach Mark’s Auto
Body by calling (319) 624-3553.
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SOLON CITY HALL
101 N. Iowa St.
Telephone: 624-3755
Fax: 624-2122
CITY OFFICE HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
newsletter
CITY UPDATE
By Cami Rasmussen,
City Administrator
National Puzzle Day
In celebration of National Puzzle Day
on Jan. 29, the library will be hosting a
puzzle day. From 12 to 8 p.m., all ages
are invited to join us in a marathon to
put together as many puzzles from our
collection as possible in eight hours.
Also in January, the library will be having
a month-long crossword puzzle drawing.
Starting Jan. 5, you can come in and pick
up a crossword puzzle sheet to com-
plete. When you finish it, bring it back to
be entered into a drawing for a chance
to win a gift card to The Hobby Corner at
Sycamore Mall.
Meal and a Movie
Meal and a Movie will be on Friday, Jan.
30, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The movie
is free, but registration is required for
the catered meal which costs $7.50
for an entrée, vegetable, and dessert.
The movie follows the meal and usually
begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson
at 624-2710 to register, or sign up at Old
Gold Dining.
This month the movie will be “Jersey
Boys.” Clint Eastwood’s big screen ver-
sion of the Tony Award-winning musical
tells the story of the four young men
from the wrong side of the tracks in New
Jersey who came together to form the
iconic ‘60s pop group The Four Seasons.
Their trials and triumphs are accompa-
nied by the hit songs that influenced a
generation, and are now being embraced
by a new generation of fans through the
stage musical.
Library Foundation raffle
Tickets are now available for a Solon
Library Foundation raffle. With the pur-
chase of a $5 ticket, you have a chance
to win a $200 Kalahari gift card or a gift
basket filled with other fabulous prizes.
The drawing will be held March 1– just in
time for spring break.
Solon Area Book Club
The Solon Area Book Club meets at
the library on the third Tuesday of each
month, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The club
extends an open invitation to anyone who
would like to read the title selected each
SOLON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
month (please check at the circulation
desk to reserve a copy) and to share in
the book discussion. The title chosen
for month will be featured on the library
website and on the library bulletin board
in the front lobby.
The title for Jan. 20 is “Life after Life”
by Kate Atkinson. This books asks the
question what if you could live again and
again, until you got it right? On a cold and
snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born
to an English banker and his wife. She
dies before she can draw her first breath.
On that same cold and snowy night,
Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail,
and embarks upon a life that will be, to
say the least, unusual. For as she grows,
she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of
ways, while the young century marches
on towards its second cataclysmic world
war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite
number of lives give her the power to
save the world from its inevitable destiny?
And if she can– will she?
Food for Fines
The Solon Library will forgive your
outstanding fine with a donation of one
nonperishable food item for every $1 in
fines. This period of “Food for Fines” will
run all of January. The food donations will
go to the Solon Food Pantry.
The pantry needs the following donations:
Canned meats (chicken, tuna, ham),
canned fruit (fruit cocktail, pineapple,
pears), juices and soups.
Items not needed: Tomato soup, canned
corn or green beans.
Please, no expired items. This “Food for
Fines” program does not apply to lost
materials or fines above $20.
Dates to remember
Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at
10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through
5. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
LEGO Club: LEGO Club meets the first
Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30
p.m.
Early-Out Jan. 8 Movie: “Dolphin Tale
2” rated PG 107 minutes. This program
will run from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
Early-Out Jan.15: BINGO. This program
will run from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Early-Out Jan. 22: LEGOs. This pro-
gram will run from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Early-Out Jan. 29: Craft. Make your
own puzzle. This program will run from
1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
National Pu zzle Day Jan. 29: This pro-
gram will run from 12-8 p.m. For all ages.
Join us in a marathon to put together
as many puzzles from our collection as
possible in eight hours.
Meal and a Movie: Jan. 30, 11 a.m.-3
p.m. The movie is free, but registration is
required for the catered meal and costs
$7.50. Call Sandra Hanson at 624-2710
to register, or sign up at Old Gold Dining.
HOLIDAY GARBAGE PICK-UP
Garbage pick-up will be delayed one day
during the holiday season. Pick-up will be
Saturday, Jan. 3, the week of New Year’s
Day.
CITY HALL
The Solon City Hall is located 101 N.
Iowa St. City Hall hours are Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Water bill drop boxes are located in
Sam’s Main Street Market and a drive-
through drop box is located next to
the ATM in the Bridge Community Bank
drive-through. Pay your water bill with
auto withdrawal. For more information,
contact city hall at 624-3755. For general
information, please visit the city’s website
at www.solon-iowa.com.
PET LICENSES
The 2015 pet licenses are now available
at the City Hall. Cats and dogs must get
a city license every year. Please bring in
a current rabies vaccination certificate
when you come in to license your pet.
Licensing your pet will allow city staff
to return your pet to your home if found
running at large.
YARD WASTE
If you have any yard waste or branches
that you need to dispose of, the city has
a compost pile behind the public works
building located on Stinocher Street next
to Krob Elevator. This is available only to
individuals residing within the city limits.
GOLF CART PERMITS
Golf carts are not permitted on streets
between November and April. Permits are
valid for one year/season, therefore all
permits will need to be renewed for 2015
in the spring.
WINTER REMINDERS
Inclement weather can occur any time
now which means a snow emergency
could be just around the corner. Remem-
ber that if Solon issues a snow emergen-
cy, all vehicles need to be removed from
the streets for the specified time, or until
the street has been completely cleared.
The only exception to the snow emergen-
cy parking regulations is applying for a
winter parking permit that allows parking
on the street during snow emergencies.
The snow parking permits are granted
when circumstances demonstrate that it
is impossible or impractical to park off
the street. You can now apply for a winter
2014-2015 snow parking permit at city
hall, located at 101 N. Iowa St. You must
provide sufficient reason for receiving a
permit and final issuance of a permit is
determined by the public works director.
A copy of Solon’s full snow and ice con-
trol policy is available at the city hall or on
the city website at www.solon-iowa.com.
Remember to winterize your water pipes.
Mobile homes, unheated basements and
crawlspaces need to have the water lines
protected from the cold temperatures. A
frozen water meter costs $125, and that
cost will be borne by the property owner
or tenant. Hire a reputable plumbing
contractor for assistance.
If you have a basketball hoop in the city
right-of-way, it needs to be removed
to accommodate the city’s snow plow
operations.
Also, please remember that when snow
and/or ice falls, sidewalks must be
cleared within 48 hours of the snow/ice
event. Please help keep pedestrians safe
by clearing your sidewalks promptly.
New DVD arrivals for the month:
“Bears”
“Hook” (1991)
“Chimpanzee” (2012)
“Dolphin Tale 2”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever”
“Magic in the Moonlight”
“The Maze Runner”
FILM CLIPS
Zumba fitness classes offered
Are you interested in enhancing your
fitness and health during the winter
months? If so, Zumba classes will be of-
fered in January through February under
the instruction of Kelsey Karsten. Zumba
will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at the Parish Hall
of St. Mary Catholic Church starting
Jan. 20. For registration information,
visit www.solon-iowa.com and click on
the parks and recreation link or pick up
a form at city hall. Want to try the class
before registering? Walk-in rates are avail-
able at the door or you can use unused
punches on your yoga punch card.
Boys basketball
Third-sixth grade boys’ basketball prac-
tice has begun, so registration is closed.
Games will be on Saturday mornings
beginning Jan. 17.
Sign up for Little Tykes Basketball
First and second grade boys and girls are
invited to learn the basic fundamentals of
basketball, proper sportsmanship, team-
work and most importantly, have fun. The
Saturday morning program will be held at
the Lakeview Elementary gym beginning
Feb. 21. Starting Jan. 9, you can register
online at https://www.solon-iowa.cogran.
com. Hard copy registration forms will
be handed out at school that day and will
also be available at the Lakeview office,
city hall, and the parks and recreation
webpage.
Registrations in February
Spring soccer and junior/senior base-
ball and softball registrations will be in
February. Check out the Solon Parks and
Recreation Facebook and website pages
in February for more details.
Free Family Movie
The first “Movies in the Park” event was
so successful, we’re going to do it more
than once this year. The first one will be
held on Friday, March 27, at St. Mary
Catholic Church Parish Hall. Time and
movie to be shown will be announced at
a later date. A concession stand will be
available. Mark your calendars.
SOLON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
MEN • WOMEN • CHILDREN
No appointment needed,
walk-ins welcome!
128 E. MAIN ST. • 624-7224
T/TH/F 9-5:30 • Wed 9-7 • Sat - 8-12
SOLON
BARBER
SHOP
www.solonbarbershop.webs.com
Boy Scout Soup Supper Jan. 17
SOLON– The Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting
its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 17, at St
Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper
features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous
year’s soups have included such traditional recipes as
chicken noodle and chili, to some not so traditional
soups such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and
shrimp chowder. The supper is all-you-can-eat includ-
ing fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morn-
ing of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts
to choose from. Cost is $7 for ages 10 and up, $5
for ages five to nine and free for those less than five
years of age. Purchase tickets in advance from a local
Scout in advance for a dollar discount.
12 • JANUARY, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
624-3401
Solon Community
www.solon.k12.ia.us
School District
CALENDAR REMINDERS
LAKEVIEW ELEMENTARY HIGH SCHOOL
2015
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Solon Schools January Lunch Menu
Thursday, Jan. 5- Classes Resume
Thursday, Jan. 8- Early Dismissal, 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 15- Early Dismissal, 1:45 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 19- Professional Day, NO School
Thursday, Jan. 22- Early Dismissal, 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29- Early Dismissal, 1:45 p.m.
Please visit the school’s website at www.solon.
k12.ia.us under the ‘Calendars’ tab for the online
calendar listing all activities, times, and loca-
tions. Events may be changed so this calendar
is updated as changes occur.
School Board Meeting
The regular January meeting of the Solon Board
of Education will be Monday, Jan. 12, which
will include a public hearing in the High School
Media Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Weather Cancellations
Since winter weather is inevitable, the possi-
bility of weather related cancellations exist. If
it becomes necessary to cancel school due to
inclement weather or other emergency weather
situations, we will use the School Messenger
Parent Notification system to inform you of
weather related issues. Also please listen to
radio stations WMT, KCJJ, KRNA, KHAK, KZIA
or watch channels KWWL-7, KGAN-2/FOX 28,
or KCRG-9. Announcements of school closings
will be made as early as possible.
Senior Picture Reminder
Please turn in a wallet-sized photo or digital file
to Kelly in the High School office before Feb. 1.
These will be used for the
yearbook, class compos-
ite and Solon Economist
graduation edition. Photos
can be delivered to the
office or emailed to kfos-
ter@solon.k12.ia.us
Boys Basketball
Boys basketball will begin upon returning from
winter break, on Jan. 5. Athletes must have a
current physical on file in the school office.
Junior Optimists Help a Family at Christmas
Thank you to everyone who supported the
Junior Optimist concession stand to date. Mem-
bers of the Junior Optimist group went shopping
last week, using funds from the concession
stands to purchase items for the Adopt-A-Family
program. The group bought many gifts and had
dinner together.
The Junior Optimist group will sponsor its third
annual ‘Mini Dance Marathon’ again this year.
Solon Middle School staff and students will
participate on Jan. 23. This is the 21st year that
the University of Iowa will host Dance Marathon.
The Dance Marathon provides emotional and
financial support for pediatric oncology and bone
marrow transplant patients and their families
treated at the U of I Children’s Hospital. More
information will be available during the first week
of January.
Cassie’s Mittens a Success
Thank you to everyone who donated warm hats,
gloves and mittens to Cassie’s Mittens.
Kindergarten Round-Up March 26
Please SAVE THE DATE for March 26 if you
have a future kindergartener coming to Solon
Community School District in the fall of 2015.
Children must turn 5 years by September 15,
2015, to be eligible to enroll in Kindergarten or
Begindergarten.
Lakeview PTO
The next Lakeview PTO meeting will be Thurs-
day, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Lakeview Media
Center. Childcare will be provided.
THEORY OF ACTION
If the Solon Community School District uses effective teaching strategies, and if we engage students
in meaningful learning of rigorous, relevant and meaningful content through...
...then we will prepare each student for success in post-secondary education, career and citizenship.
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JANUARY, 2015 • 13
FINE ARTS
STUDENT PERFORMANCE ON IOWA ASSESSMENT
Middle School Honor Choir
Select 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders
will travel to the South East and East
Central Iowa Choral Directors Association Honor Choirs at the end of January
and February.
Show Choir Season Begins
Show choir season is soon to be in full swing with the Dutch Masters Invitational
on Feb. 20, Marion Masquerade Invitational on Feb. 27, and Xavier Invitational
on March 7.
High School Honor Choir
Congratulations to Lillee McAtee, Jenna Roskopf, Brittany Slusher, Erika Bailey,
Tyler Puettmann, Logan Chaloupka and Raiden Takeuchi for being selected
to the 2015 Wartburg Meistersinger Honor Choir. The two-day event features
guest conductor and composer Rene Clausen, Director of Choral Activities at
Concordia; and Lee Nelson, director of the 2014 Iowa All-State Chorus. Students
were chosen from around the state of Iowa to form a select choir that will join the
Wartburg Singers on Jan. 31.
Dorian Vocal Festival
Congratulations to Brittany Slusher, Erika Bailey, Tyler Puettmann, Logan Cha-
loupka David Daugherty, and Raiden Takeuchi, who have been selected to par-
ticipate in Luther College’s 65th annual Dorian Vocal Festival to be held Sunday,
Jan. 10, and Monday, Jan.11, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther Col-
lege campus in Decorah. Attending the Vocal Festival will be 1,400 high school
singers from eight states, representing over 350 high schools. The Dorian Vocal
Festival is claimed to be the largest high school honor choir in the world.
SHS Jazz Dinner Concert
Tickets are now on sale for the Solon High School Jazz Dinner Concert to be
held Saturday, Feb. 7, at St Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Tickets are $17
each and must be purchased in advance. Admission includes a catered dinner
by Ruzicka’s Catering of Solon, dessert, live solo performances during the meal
and a concert featuring the vocal groups “Premier,” Mainstream,” “Blame It On
Our Youth” and “5th Street Jazz”. Seats are limited so order early. Please see a
member of the vocal jazz program or call Mr. Foreman at 319-624-3401 to order
your tickets today.
Southeast Iowa Honor Band Auditions
On Jan. 10, 15 student musicians from the high school band and 15 from the
middle school band will audition in Fairfield for the Southeast Iowa Honor Band.
There are also eight high school musicians trying out for SEIBA Honor Jazz
Band. Next to All-State, these ensembles are the highest honor for a band stu-
dent. A follow-up article will include names of all students who were selected. The
concert for all these groups will be held in Iowa City’s West High School auditori-
um on Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.
Thanks for your generous donations
For several years now, Solon High School Band has sponsored a child from
Uganda. This involves a monthly gift of $35 to the sponsored child, Asnet, for
food, medicine, school supplies and other necessities. The money comes en-
tirely from the students’ own resources. At each Christmas concert, a collection
is taken from the audience, giving the parents an opportunity to participate. This
year, the band voted to distribute the money raised in the following way: $100 to
Asnet’s family, $100 to her community, $135 to the Wounded Warrior Project, $95
to Habitat for Humanity, and $55 to Witty Kitties Animal Shelter. The band looks
forward to expanding its involvement in charity and community service for years
to come.
The data in the chart below has been shaded to indicate each grade level, by curriculum
area, that had 85 percent of students score in the proficient range on the Iowa Assess-
ment AND 25 percent of students score in the highly proficient range.
In 2013- 14, the District increased the Student Performance goal from 85 percent proficient
to 90 percent proficient. The data in the chart below (same data as above, but with differ-
ent goal) has been shaded to indicate each grade level, by curriculum area, that had 90
percent of students score in the proficient range on the Iowa Assessment AND 25 percent
of students score in the highly proficient range.
Congratulations, Spartans
14 • JANUARY, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
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PARANORMAL INVESTIGATING
PRESENTATION
There are a lot of “myths” that television and movies  have
propagated through the use of “pseudo-science” and outmoded
beliefs. Does your house have to have experienced a tragic
event to be haunted? Does a person have to have died to be
a ghost? Does lightning really stir up a haunting? Is there really
something to that 3 o’clock in the morning creepiness? You
might be surprised! Join us on January 15 @ 6:30 pm as Darcie
McGrath shares her insight into “Myths and Truths About Ghosts
and Apparitions: the Reality Behind Paranormal Investigating.”
Darcie McGrath is a paranormal researcher with 30 years’
experience in paranormal research, with a background in
parapsychology. She is a member of the Rhine Research
Center in North Carolina, a paranormal haunting consultant,
and a network investigator with the Office of Paranormal
Investigation, founded, and led by, renowned parapsychologist,
Loyd Auerbach. She teaches a variety of paranormal studies
classes at Kirkwood Community College as part of their
continuing education program.
YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN OPENING
The Ely Public Library has an opening for a part-time Youth
Services Librarian.    In addition to general library duties, this
employee will be responsible for but not limited to weekly story
and toddler times, programming for professional learning days
when College Community schools do not meet, a summer
reading program, other seasonal programs and outreach to
area day care facilities.  This employee will also be responsible
for the selection and maintenance of materials for children and
young adults.  A bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred but
comparable experience working with children, particularly larger
groups, will be considered.   A more extensive job description
as well as the employment application form can be found on
our library website @ www.ely.lib.ia.us. Please email your
cover letter, resume, contact information for three references,
and application to admin@ely.lib.ia.us. Position open until filled
with interviews to be scheduled after January 31, 2015.  EOE.
LIBRARY SPACE PLANNING GRANT We were
awarded a grant from the State Library to work with
George Lawson, a Library Consultant, for library space planning.
This planning is essential to make sure that
EPL will be able to meet the current and future needs of our
growing community! This process will start at our
Library Board Meeting on January 7th @ 6:30 pm. We invite
you to attend!
Ely Public Library
www.ely.lib.ia.us
(319) 848-7616
1595 Dows Street, Ely
Ely Expression JANUARY 2015
CITY OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
1570 Rowley Street, P.O. Box 248 Ely, Iowa 52227
848-4103
After Hours Emergency Only: 848-7603
KRISPY KREME FUNDRAISER Support the Friends
of the Ely Public Library by purchasing some Krispy Kreme
doughnuts for our latest FUNdraiser! Each dozen of original
glazed costs just $8. Call 848-7616 or email admin@ely.lib.
ia.us to place your order by Friday, January 23rd to place
your order. Doughnuts will be available for pick after 5pm on
Tuesday, January 27th. Thank you!
FINE AMNESTY The next fine amnesty days will be
January 2-9. We will forgive your fines if you bring in a non-
perishable food item for each item that has a fine. We will not
accept any expired items. Even if you do not have any fines, we
will be happy to collect food donations for the pantry. Please
call the library with any questions. Thank you for making sure
your account is current, we appreciate it!
STORY TIME Toddler Time starts up again with our normal
schedule on Monday, January 5 at 10am. Preschool Story Time
starts up on Thursday, January 8th @ 10am & 2pm.
January 8: Winter Wonderland
January 15: Let it Snow!
January 22: I See a Rainbow
January 29: Get Up, Get Moving
WINTER FAMILY READING PROGRAM Warm up
your winter with our dragon themed reading program designed
with the whole family in mind! Complete the individual reading
challenges and then participate in a family activity for each prize
level. This reading program will run January 1st - February 28th
so be sure to pick up your reading sheets early at the library.
MOVIE MONDAY Prairie Schools are not meeting on
Monday, January 19th – so join us @ 2pm for a movie about
a dolphin who overcomes an injury to her tail. Bring your own
snacks or purchase some from our Friends Concessions.
CROCKPOT COOK-OFF The Friends of EPL will be
hosting a crockpot cooking challenge on Saturday, January 31st!
Set-up will start at 1:30 with judging to begin at 2:00 pm. Any
non-alcoholic dish is okay to enter, as long as it is made in a
crockpot. Two trophies will be awarded – Judge’s Choice and
People’s Choice. Judging cards, entry cards and tableware will
be provided – but please bring your recipe and a serving spoon.
To be entered in this contest, be sure to register by January29th
by calling 848-7616 or registering online at www.ely.lib.ia.us.
BABYGARTEN CLASSES Join us for Babygarten, a
fun, exciting, and informational program for infants (birth to
24 months) and their caregivers. Classes last about an hour
and include a free play period for both babies and caregivers.
Mark your calendar for our 4-week session beginning January
9th @ 9:00 am. Register for this FREE class online at www.
ely.lib.ia.us or call 848-7616!
TRAVELING TALES We are excited to be offering our
story time in a to-go format, available for day care providers
and preschools at their location! For more information, please
contact Sarah Sellon at 848-7616.
FREE YOGA AND TAI CHI CLASSES OFFERED
Paula Bradway continues her morning yoga stretch on
Thursdays @ 8am. Paula has several years’ experience with
yoga and has much to share. Please wear comfortable clothing
and bring a towel or yoga mat. Thomas Moore has 30 years’
experience with Tai Chi and looks forward to meeting you. His
class will be offered Tuesdays @ 8am. Space is limited for all
of these classes, so register by calling 848-7616.
KNITTING & CROCHET CLASSES We continue to
offer beginning knitting and croches classes following Farmers’
Market on Saturdays, January 10 & 24 @ 12:30 pm. We will
work together on a crochet dish cloth project in January. Details
for this projet will be on our Ely Public Library Ravelry group
page found at www.ravelry.com. All levels of experience (or
no experience) are welcome to attend! Don’t feel like making
a dish cloth? Stop by anyhow and socialize while working on
your latest project!
E-BOOKS We have a wonderful collection of audiobooks and
e-books available for you to download to your favorite e-reading
device. There are over eight thousand titles Ely residents now
have access to anytime, anywhere! This collection is available
you through the library service NEIBORS. Stop in for how-to
sheets, assistance or register for one of our classes.
SEED LENDING LIBRARY Did you see the great
write up on the Ely Seed Lending Library in the Gazette this
December?!? Stop by to see this article and check out some
seeds! The Ely Seed Lending was founded in March of 2012
to promote the sharing of non-hybrid seeds within the Eastern
Iowa Community. We have had a very successful first couple
of years and have plans to make it bigger and better than ever!
We were able to collect 60 new varieties of seeds from local
community members that are now available for you to borrow.
We plan to offer more educational classes on starting your
seeds, other gardening care and tips, tomato tasting, garden
tours, seed saving classes and more! To find out more contact
elyseedlibrary@gmail.com or visit http://www.ely.lib.ia.us/
seed-lending-library.
FRIENDS MEMBERSHIP We are looking for some good
friends! Friends of the EPL help promote and support the library
in a variety of ways. For more information, please contact Pat
at eplfriends@ely.lib.ia.us. Where else can you meet so many
new Friends AND help the community?  Join us today!  
How Can I Dispose of
My Christmas Tree?
You can drop-off your once-live Christmas tree
at the Ely Public Works area December 26th
through January 16th for free. Trees must be
cleared of all decorations except for flocking,
and should be dropped at the designated tree
area by the Ely Public Works shop at 1124
Vista Road. Call City Hall (848-4103) for
more details or directions to the drop-off site.
Remember that Waste Management will not pick
up Christmas trees, so please dispose of your
tree properly.
Ely Winter Farmers Market
Visit Ely’s Winter Farmers Market for a great
variety of locally produced food and goodies
in the Library Meeting room from 9:00 a.m. to
noon on the following Saturdays: January 10
& 24, February 7 & 21, March 14 & 28, and
Apr 11 & 25. Contact Ali Alldredge, 848-2036
or elyfarmersmarket@gmail.com, if you are
interested in being a vendor. Come by for the
best in locally made goodies and sundry to
brighten your winter.
St John Lutheran Church Expansion
The expansion at St John Lutheran Church is
nearly complete after construction of a new,
larger sanctuary, foyer, social area, classrooms
and staff offices. The church continues to be
open during construction.
Support Your Friendly
Neighborhood Ely Businesses
There are lots of opportunities for you to support
Ely businesses, even though Christmas time has
sped past for another year. Ely’s businesses
offer services, goods and other great things
ranging from the foundation of your house to
the roof, and can build you almost everything in
between. Or, step out of the house for a drink
or a bite, get your hair styled, get custom shirts
and check out locally produced art. Check the
EDGE website (elyedge.org/home) for more
information on Ely area businesses. Support
your friends and neighbors by buying local!
Highland Road to
be Resurfaced in 2015
The City Council scheduled Highland Road to
be resurfaced in 2015. The work will involve
removing the existing surface, placing an
improved roadbed, and then placing a new hard
surface. The exact schedule of when work will
be done is still being put together, with the goal
for work to be done before the 4th of July.
Awesome New Stuff at Ely City Park
New playground equipment designed for kids
ages two through twelve and swings were added
to Ely City Park in 2014. The new playground
gear includes a small “rock-climb”, slides and
other fun attractions. Work on a new restroom
and concession building will be finished in early
2015. The new building includes restrooms, a
shaded picnic area and a concession area that
will be open during organized sports activities
such as youth baseball.
Ely’s Grant to Extend Hoover
Trail to Ely Community Center
El y wi l l use grant money through the
“Transportation Enhancements Program” to
help pay the cost of extending the Hoover Trail
from Ely City Park to the Community Center
at 1570 Rowley Street. Project bids will be
solicited through IDOT’s bid system in January
2015, with trail construction to be complete by
September 18, 2015.
Ely’s Community Garden
Do you want more (or any) space to grow your
own fresh vegetables? If so, Ely’s community
garden is your opportunity for more gardening
space. Garden plots will be near Ely’s water
tower on Jappa Road and awarded on a lottery
basis. Gardeners need to follow Ely’s community
garden rules. The City will not be responsible
for the vagaries of gardening in a public place. 
Please contact City Hall by April 15 if you
are interested in a patch of your own in Ely’s
community garden.
Keep Your Trees Trimmed
A reminder that the property owner is required
to keep trees trimmed so overhanging branches
are at least 15-feet above the street and 8-feet
above the sidewalk. Please trim your trees
between the sidewalk and street to make sure
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they are not a problem for pedestrians on the
sidewalk, or vehicles on the street. By trimming
them, or having them trimmed for you, you make
sure they remain attractive and do not pose a
hazard to people or traffic.
Tell Me About Curbside Garbage
Collection and Recycling in Ely
Garbage and recyclables are collected every
Monday morning in Ely. Collection begins as
early as 6:00 a.m. in the north portion of Ely
and ends in the south area of town around
noon. If a holiday falls on Monday collection
will be the next day. Ely contracts with Waste
Management Services, (319)362-9900, for
residential curbside collection of garbage and
recyclable material. Waste Management uses
two different vehicles for collection, one to
collect recyclables and the other for garbage/
solid waste. Ely residents are charged a base
$7.00/month Sanitation Fee to cover the
cost of curbside collection. Garbage needs
to be in either a tightly closed 33-gallon can
or bag, neither of which should weigh more
than 40-pounds when filled and at the curb for
pickup. A City of Ely garbage sticker needs to
be on each can or 33-gallon equivalent bag out
for collection at the curb. The tags cost $1.00
each which pays the landfill fee. Annual tags are
available at City Hall for $52/year, $1.00 tags
can be purchased at City Hall, Casey’s General
Store or Cleppe’s Service Station. Multiple
bags/cans are collected as long as each has
an Ely garbage tag.
Direct Payment Authorization
is a Convenient Way to Pay
Your Ely Utility Bill
We offer the option for you to pay your Ely utility
bill by a Direct Payment Plan through your bank
checking or savings account. It saves you time
(fewer checks to write and mail), saves you
money on postage (no stamps) and makes sure
your bill is paid on time (so you don’t have to
pay late fees and so forth). You authorize your
payment to be made directly from your bank
checking or savings account automatically on
the 10th day of the month. Contact City Hall at
(319)848-4103 if you want more information
about Direct Payment Authorization, or if you
want to sign up.
A Reminder to Remove
Snow and Ice from Sidewalks
It is the duty of property and homeowners
to keep sidewalks abutting your property
clear of natural accumulations of snow and
ice. Sidewalks need to be free of snow and
ice within 24 hours of the precipitation. Our
sidewalks will be safely cleared of snow and
ice accumulations for our families, friends
and visitors with everyone’s cooperation.
Winter Driving
Winter has arrived, along with snow and ice
accumulations on area streets and roads.
Snow and ice on streets and highways
requires drivers to be more cautious; and
can be very challenging for Ely’s Public Works
crew to remove. Please keep vehicles off
streets whenever possible immediately after
snow or ice accumulations so the city crew
can remove it efficiently. Also, please stay at
least 50 feet behind snowplow trucks during
snow and ice removal.
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JANUARY, 2015 • 15
EOE
m/f/d/v
Mediacom is looking for a salesperson to join the team as a
Direct Sales Representative! This is the perfect stepping stone
to endless opportunities with our company. You will receive ALL
of your leads from the company right on your handheld mobile
device provided by Mediacom. You will receive a base pay plus
unlimited earning potential! Direct Sales Representatives are able
to make $50-$55,000 in the first year AND there’s a $500 sign on
bonus! We also have an impressive benefits package including
discounted Mediacom services, Medical, Vision, and Dental, and
a 401(k) plan with company match.
We are looking for the best possible candidate for this position.
All applications will be taken until the position is filled.
APPLY NOW AT
www.mediacomcable.com/careers
or for an immediate interview
contact Natalie Sands at
nsands@mediacomcc.com
or 319-395-9699 Ext. 3489.
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may be split between 2 of our clinics.
A comprehensive benefts package avail-
able. Compensation based on experience.
Please contact:
Michael Reiling PT, MS, ATC, CSCS
via email at michaelreiling@yahoo.com
EOE
m/f/d/v
Mediacom offers full-time stable
employment year around with
outstanding benefits. Consider working
for Mediacom today as an Installer. This
is not only a stable job, but a career.
You’ll also work with cutting edge
technology, be out and about, and
experience something new every day.
As a large company we value you with
excellent pay, advancement
opportunities, full benefits including
health, dental, vision, 401(k), vacation/
flex time, holidays, paid training, cell
phone, company truck, discounted
cable/internet service, and more!
THIS YEAR BE THANKFUL FOR …
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INSTALLERS IN
CEDAR RAPIDS
& IOWA CITY
Go to mediacom.com/careers
and choose Cedar Rapids or
Iowa City as the location
or contact Karen at
319-395-9699 x3457
Don’t miss out on
this outstanding
opportunity.
APPLY TODAY!
Opportunity for great candidates to join an industry leading
plastics manufacturing company. Centro, Inc. is North Ameri-
ca’s largest custom rotational molder serving premier Original
Equipment Manufacturers from multiple locations throughout
the United States. We are growing and promote from within.
Our North Liberty, Iowa, location has immediate openings for
2nd and 3rd shift medium-level industrial-labor positions using
a wide variety of power and hand tools to fnish and inspect
products. Earn $14.20 to start with promotion opportunities
and the potential to earn $15.80 at the end of 1 year. Centro
ofers a teamwork environment and great benefts. A pre-em-
ployment physical exam and drug screen is required.
Now Hiring in North Liberty Product Inspector/Finishers
CENTRO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Complete an application at
www.centroinc.com
Apply today, grow tomorrow.
Career Benefits
More Than a Paycheck!
Centro’s generous benefits package will have you covered
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance (for Associates and Dependents)
Tobacco-Free Health Premium Discount
Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent Care)
Health Savings Account
Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday Paid Days Of
Company-Provided Life Insurance
Voluntary Life Insurance (for Associates and Dependents)
Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
401(k) Plan with Company Match
Supplemental Health Insurance (for Associates and Dependents)
Educational Assistance
Associate Recruitment and Referral Cash Bonus Program
Fitness Center Reimbursement Program
at Lake Macbride. Enjoy partial lake views, ma-
ture trees, private dock & swimming area, nice
yard and other amenities that come with owning
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You will always be on
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Stunning 2-story on
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wooded views. Better
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quality and upgrades.
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Bath, Main Floor Master Suite & In-Law Setup,
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Granite, Double Pantry & B-Bar, Oak & Tile Floors,
Grand Foyer/Staircase with Bridge & Great Room,
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ADVERTISING
IN
NORTH
JOHNSON
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16 • JANUARY, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
Top Ten Reasons to have us take care of your pest control needs:
We are now expanding
our services in your area
Call Chris direct @ 319-826-4499
www.dennyspestcontrol.com
COMING SOON TO YOUR HOME:
Ants, Asian Beetles, Bees, Box Elder Bugs, Centipedes,
Cockroaches, Crickets, Fleas, Mice, Spiders, Wasps and more.
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Commercial & Residential
Need help with any of
these pests, call Chris
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1. Locally owned and operated
2. State of Iowa Certifed Technicians
3. Human and pet safe products
4. Afordable prices
5. Schedules that meet your time frames
6. Professional and courteous staf
7. Prompt service
8. Most advanced products in the industry
9. Continually education and training
for our employees
10. 100% satisfaction for our customers
Chris Reynolds
TERMITE INSPECTIONS
TERMITE CONTROL
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Come work in this friendly atmosphere!
Chatham Oaks, Inc. is a residential and
community services provider in Iowa City
serving individuals with chronic mental illness.
FULL-TIME & PART-TIME
POSITIONS AVAILABLE
CHATHAM OAKS
Pre-employment drug screen, criminal history
background check and driving record check are
required. Excellent beneft package.
Competitive wage. EOE.
Applications available at Chatham Oaks:
4515 Melrose Ave, Iowa City
or apply online at: www.abbe.org
Available Positions PART-TIME & FULL-TIME
DISHWASHER - Part-time, includes
Friday 4pm-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am-9am
LAUNDRY- Full-time
RESIDENTIAL AIDES
Full-time & Part-time, 2nd shift
DIRECT SUPPORT STAFF
Positions in our community based services, shift
diferential for 3rd shift, weekend packages also available
CLASSIFIEDS
$13 for the first 20 words, 10¢
each additional word. Call
624-2233.
HELP WANTED
FULL-TIME COOK IN IOWA
CITY: Chatham Oaks, Inc.,
an affiliate of Abbe, Inc., has
a full-time temporary position
for a cook, this position will
include weekends; must be
available between the hours
6 a.m.-7p.m. Candidates
must have excellent com-
munication skills, ability to
multi-task, be personable
and flexible. Chatham Oaks
is a residential treatment
facility serving individuals
with chronic mental illness in
Iowa City. We offer compet-
itive wages. Applicants must
have a high school diplo-
ma and an Iowa driver’s li-
cense. Pre-employment drug
screening, MVR check and
background checks required.
Send cover letter and resume
to: Dietary Supervisor at Cha-
tham Oaks, 4515 Melrose
Ave, Iowa City 52246 or ap-
ply online at www.abbe.org.
EOE. Closing date: 1/02/15
FOR SALE
NEW MATTRESS SETS:
Twin, $99, Full $129, Queen
$149, King $249. Delivery
Available. Free Layaway.
Mattress Outlet, 319-531-
6363.
WANTED
JUNK APPLIANCES, includ-
ing air conditioners, furnaces,
steel and batteries. Will pick
up for free. 331-8122.
SERVICES
QUALITY HOUSEKEEP-
ING. LOCAL CLEANING
SERVICE now has openings.
18-plus years experience,
excellent references, reason-
able rates. Reliable. Special
projects available; in-home
pet care, etc. Call Terese,
626-3136.
Tiffin Fire Association annual
meeting Monday, Jan. 19
TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its
annual meeting on Monday, Jan 19, at the Tiffin Fire
Station at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include the
appointment of directors immediately followed by
the regular meeting that will include the election of
officers.
REACH OVER
13,000 HOMES
BY ADVERTISING
IN
NORTH JOHNSON
COUNTY
Snowshoe with a
ranger through
Hoover site
WEST BRANCH— A park
ranger will lead snowshoe
hikes through Herbert
Hoover National Historic
Site at 10 a.m. on Saturdays
and Sundays, Jan. 10 and
11, Jan. 24 and 25, Feb. 7
and 8, and Feb. 21 and 22,
2015.
Participants must have
sturdy boots, and should
dress appropriately for the
weather and bring water.
The park has some
snowshoes to lend. Call
319-643-2541 to reserve
a pair. Participants bor-
rowing snowshoes should
arrive early to try on the
snowshoes.For more infor-
mation, go online at www.
nps.gov/heho or call 319-
643-2541.
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